Leaders Push To Administer More Vaccine Shots In Wayne County

Leaders Push To Administer More Vaccine Shots In Wayne County

The coronavirus is still circulating in the community, and officials are pushing for more residents to get vaccinated.

During the Operation Unite Goldsboro Community Roundtable held Thursday, Wayne UNC Health Care President and CEO Dr. Jessie Tucker said they’ve seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases, included several young people sick with the virus.

Tucker says there have even been a few cases where vaccinated persons came down with COVID.

However, immunized persons don’t get as severely sick with the virus, and the only persons who’ve passed away due to the virus were not vaccinated.

Wayne County Manager Craig Honeycutt said, after shutting down the vaccination site at the Bussmann Building, the county health department is still getting shots into arms.

The county will still come out to vaccinate larger groups of over 22 people.

Celita Graham with the Wayne County Health Department reminded that testing is still available out in the community.

Shots are available through Wayne County Health Department and Wayne UNC Health Care.

According to Thursday’s figures from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, 40,902 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Wayne County, representing just 33% of the county’s population.  38,041 people have been fully vaccinated, representing 31% of the county’s residents.